In trying to find a quote that stood out to me from this chapter I realized that there were too many. I have, perhaps, a dozen or so pages with half the text highlighted.
At its essence, this chapter speaks about the power of individual connection and the isolation that results from a full classroom and an overworked teacher. It's something that continues to come up again and again in my readings. The only way to make a true difference is with a personal connection.
There is a line where Rose states, "perhaps nothing is intrinsically interesting," and I think that sums it up perfectly. Math, biology, English, psychology. None of those subjects are intrinsically interesting. They are interesting as a result of the connection they allow you to have with others and the world around you. If no one takes the time to make that connection clear to you, there is little reason for you to find them inherently interesting.